In this episode of BUILD America, host Kerry Smith interviews Travis Kassebaum, a Principal and Geotechnical Department Manager at Terracon. They discuss the importance of firm foundations for safe buildings and bridges. Travis shares insights into the Leaning Tower of Pisa and its foundation issues. He also explains the role of geotechnical engineering in ensuring the stability and longevity of structures. They touch upon the 2007 collapse of the Interstate 35 bridge in Minneapolis and the impact of inspections on construction projects. Travis emphasizes the variability of soil conditions across different regions and the need for tailored engineering solutions. He also highlights the continuous updates and improvements in building codes and standards in response to natural disasters.

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